RN to BSN in Rhode Island

It’s a great time to pursue a BSN as a Rhode Island registered nurse: RNs with an associate degree currently make $75,000 a year, meaning a BSN will greatly increase your competitiveness and earning power in this lucrative field. Jobs are a-plenty as well, with four major hospitals in Providence alone employing around 25,000 people.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rhode Island has one of the highest concentrations of nurses in the country, with approximately 2,500 nurses per 100,000 people in the state. Of the other top states in this metric, Rhode Island pays the highest hourly wage at $36.30. On this page we have compiled all the information you need to help you earn a BSN in Rhode Island.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Rhode Island

It’s a great time to pursue a BSN as a Rhode Island registered nurse: RNs with an associate degree currently make $75,000 a year, meaning a BSN will greatly increase your competitiveness and earning power in this lucrative field. Jobs are a-plenty as well, with four major hospitals in Providence alone employing around 25,000 people.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rhode Island has one of the highest concentrations of nurses in the country, with approximately 2,500 nurses per 100,000 people in the state. Of the other top states in this metric, Rhode Island pays the highest hourly wage at $36.30. On this page we have compiled all the information you need to help you earn a BSN in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island College

$ 315 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 15th and April 15th

  • Admissions to the School of Nursing is highly competitive.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required of all applicants.
  • The program consists of 59 credit hours.
Campus 600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI 2908

Salve Regina University

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

February 1st and December 1st

  • Students must complete 132 credits.
  • Students are automatically granted 58 credits for their RN.
  • The program uses a "3 plus 1" academic progression model for eligible St. Joseph graduates to earn their B.S. in nursing by taking a fourth year at Salve Regina's Center for Adult Education in Warwick.
Campus 100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI 02840-4192

University of Rhode Island

Application Deadlines

April 1st and November 1st

  • Admission requirements include a 2.6 GPA and a statement of motivation.
  • Professors are heavily involved in community service. Faculty volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a facility dedicated to the uninsured; Crossroads, a medical center for the homeless population; and FRIENDS Way, a program for bereaved children, just to name a few.
Campus Green Hall
35 Campus Avenue
Kingston, RI 2881

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Rhode Island that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Rhode Island that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Rhode Island’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data
Education

What is being done to increase the number of Rhode Island RN’s with a BSN?

The AC is dedicated to increasing the number of nurses with a BSN through a new “bridge program” and articulation agreements.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges; RN to MSN Programs; State or Regional Competency Based Programs; State or Regional Shared Curriculum; and other methods.

Leadership

What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The first meeting of the Leadership Group met to develop a strategic action plan for increasing nurse leadership throughout the state.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

No.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC is supporting APRN Consensus Model legislation in the process of being clarified into regulatory language.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

As part of a tristate effort with Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the AC is analyzing the results of a study looking at interprofessional education to develop new collaborative course opportunities.

Diversity

How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.

Data

What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The coalition is working with other organizations to improve the consistency of statewide nursing data collection efforts.

Contact Info

Lynne Dunphy

Center Coordinator
Rhode Island Center for Nursing Excellence

Michael Paruta

Director of Workforce Development, Human Resources
Care New England Health System

Sandra S. Phillips

Director of Education
Kent Hospital

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Rhode Island Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Rhode Island Licensing

Rhode Island is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Rhode Island Department of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information


Other State RNtoBSN Information